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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 8, 2010 3:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

This one was played as one long set! I just got back to Montreal and I still haven't slept... totally high on life! I will write more after I sleep but here's the set list. Lots of high octane rock and roll, folks. Phil is musical genius. Bobby is one of a kind. John K was quite good when I saw them in February but now he is totally in the groove. He and Phil are intertwining very beautifully. Chimenti is brilliant and versatile. Russo is a simply a beast.

Alabama Getaway, Don't Ease Me In, Mama Tried, Dire Wolf, Hell In A Bucket, Bertha, Truckin' > Smokestack Lightning > Casey Jones, I Need A Miracle > Help On The Way > Caution > New Speedway Boogie > Wharf Rat > I Fought The Law > Liberty

Encore: On The Road Again > Touch Of Grey

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 8, 2010 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

I have been keeping up closely , something good is going on here . I like the cold hard eye PL & BW took of themselves , their strengths and limitations . They try to accentuate the former and have brought in the right folks to mitigate the latter . I had a real good time already and I'm planning on seeing them a few more times before they leave the E.C. . That would be a combined total in 35 days , equal to what I had seen them the previous 15 years . Worth a look or at least a check in from the lot of you dirty , piratey , dogs of war . ( Very 18th century stuff goin' on in my house these days )

For those that haven't seen a typical schedule these days , a not so old post . You'll need to look mighty close at the image
http://www.archive.org/post/313070/an-interesting-image

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2010-07-08 16:40:19

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jul 8, 2010 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

Any chance anybody out there have the band's rider to see what they require from the promoter/venue for each show?

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Poster: srtg83 Date: Jul 9, 2010 6:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

I was in Ottawa as well, drove up from Toronto on a whim and got back by 7 in the morning on Thursday. The scene was extremely relaxed with lots of room to dance and if you kept an eye out for the red shirts coming in from the back you could also puff-away undisturbed. The blues festival is sponsored by Mill Street Brewery one of the best kraft breweries in Ontario, needless to say the Tankhouse et. al. went down real nice in the heat. I had my Lesh shirt on, the one with the Miller logo on the front - A Fine Bass Player - and Bass Great, Lesh Philling on the back)

As to the show, it was a mixed bag, John was not high enough in the mix and generally the band was not loud enough(I tried to move around to find the sweet spot but no dice)so the lift was led by Weir which I think now is by design. Phil was simply amazing and his bass line in the Caution was easily the highlight of the show. He also stayed away from the mike...thank you Phil. The rest was enjoyable nothing over the top, some new arrangements to breathe life into the same songs and Weir was surprisingly competent both vocally and instrumentally. Rumors were heard that Bob was hassled at the border for some priors, hence the I Fought The Law, so I would imagine that this may have been the last visit to Canada just as I was hoping for a show in Montreal at the jazz festival next year.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 9, 2010 7:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

I took a Greyhound from Montreal for the show and was back home by 430 AM! It was a long long travel day but our efforts were highly rewarded, wouldn't you say?

I was right in front of John and I could hear him fine the whole time. I was a little too close to get much direct sound from the PA tower on the side of the stage so my mix was different. I actually thought Weirs guitar was pretty low in the mix from where I was standing and I couldn't hear his vocals on Caution at all! Phil on the other hand was an unstoppable force and his presence on bass was always felt. Just as last time I saw them, he appeared to be having the most fun out of the whole band, grinning widely the whole time and really getting off on the music. He was doing a lot of directing/conducting through the on stage monitor system, cracking himself up and exchanging glances with Chimenti reminiscent of Jerry and Brent. I can't put in words how much I was impressed by his mastery and energy.

The scene was very mellow, though there were some drunk people who wandered up to the front and were being kind of annoying. Oh well, nothing could put a damper on my mood! By I Fought The Law, I was finally surround by people dancing as crazy as I was and we shared many high fives, dabs, and hugs. This was my 3rd show and I finally "got it" in relation to the scene. Probably because I came by myself and never felt alone the whole entire night. Big thanks to you and all the kind people who we shared the experience!

Only had one encounter with security and it was timed so perfectly. Everyone around me was passing joints, etc. and these 2 big guys come and start asking for the joints and just putting them out on the ground. Right after they busted the first person in my area, the band sang "HELP ON THE WAY... I love what I love and I want it that way". Before the end of the song, security was gone and the joints were back in full force - we had it our way and loved it!

Song selection was near perfection, IMHO. All were firsts for me except Dire Wolf, Casey Jones, Help, Caution, New Speedway.

I just have to mention that Wharf Rat was very powerfully delivered by John. It was majestic and transcendent yet grounding at the very same time. I could keep going but I'll just stop here: this was a truly life changing experience. Thank you to all who made it happen.

p.s. During Touch of Gray, I felt as if Jerry was singing to his former bandmates during "Oh well a Touch of Gray kind of suits you anyway, that was all I had to say and it's alright!". Kind of like, I was never meant to grow so old but you guys look and feel good - it's just right, don't worry and keep singing these songs.

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Jul 8, 2010 5:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 7/7/2010 Furthur , Ottawa Song list...

What a thematic song selection!
Roadie trouble w/customs?
Bad road trip?
Heads get hassled?
Who's in the hoosegow for hoo-scow?
At least there was no Viola Lee Blues to write home about...
Be safe on the road my sisters and brothers &
May the (four?) fore winds blow you safely home
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Farther furthur, & furthurmore, "they be cookin!"

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Poster: shakeitupnow Date: Jul 8, 2010 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

And don't forget, the awesome backup singers -- Jeff Pehrson and Sunshine Becker.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 8, 2010 12:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

Good call! I was very much impressed by the vocal blend of the band - the backup singers really fill out the sound without changing the overall dynamic, which I really like.

Perhaps the only smile we got out of Bobby last night was when he fumbled on "most of the cats you meet on the street speak of true love". Gotta love that after 40 years he still can't remember the lyrics! Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.

edit: removed gender related noun - note to self: don't ASSume

This post was modified by deadpolitics on 2010-07-08 19:12:27

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 8, 2010 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7/7/2010 Furthur @ Ottawa Blues Festival

Methinks that might be sis , just sayin'